Richard is an authentic business leader who acts with integrity. He creates real sustainable customer and shareholder value by driving digital change innovation whilst nurturing the value already inherent in a business.
Self-awareness, emotional intelligence and a high cultural awareness have created an excellent sensing ability which he uses to make good commercial judgments in a dynamically changing world.
This has included working with colleagues to analyse, understand and communicate the opportunities and threats a business faces, and deliver the strategy required to address these for some of the world’s best consumer related companies including Harvey Nichols, Clear Channel, PZ Cussons, Sara Lee and AXA.
• Digital transformation pioneer who can map out and understand a company’s digital ecosystem
• Value-add focus to use data and technology to drive real commercial value, measured by key metrics / performance indicators
• Business model experience in B2B, B2B2C, and B2C across financial services, consumer products, retail and media (all at different levels of digital disruption)
• Deep understanding and resourcefulness in creating a technology enabled business plan and delivering this within global, complex, matrixed organisations by influencing key stakeholders
• Hands-on experience of driving culture change, turnaround, restructuring, shared services, transition to cloud, in/outsourcing, risk management and regulatory compliance e.g. GDPR
• Preparing for PE exit experience; merger, acquisition and divestment experience of business units, JV management experience with commercial units and tech supply chain
• Global experience in 40+ countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa
• Operating model experience : local to global, horizontal value flow across internal functions and external partnerships with global supply chain companies like Cognizant, HP, Vodafone
• Inspiring and perceptive mentor and coach, especially of new technology leaders
“I would highly recommend Richard Steward as a fantastic IT Transformation leader – his ability to manage various IT functions and implement change across a department is exceptionally strong, Richard would clearly make a fantastic contribution to any organisation he works in.”